Wound ‘left gaping in theatre for hours’, teen scarred for life

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Wound ‘left gaping in theatre for hours’, teen scarred for life

And that was already after a 30-hour ordeal thanks to what her mom says is 'gross negligence' at two state hospitals

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Isabel Botha lies motionless in her hospital bed, a gaping wound across her stomach leaving her in pain and unable to move.

What should have been a routine operation to remove her appendix has left the 16-year-old from Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, with a gash from her ribcage to her pelvis, about 20cm long and 5cm wide.

It is an indelible reminder of what her mother has described as “gross negligence” by state hospital staff. ..

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